Higher density would be a good thing in this area because it would enable some more affordable housing options, especially for older adults who want to downsize their homes without leaving the Edina community. It's also close to downtown and public transportation and could offer commercial services like restaurants, a coffee shop--local community and neighborhood gathering places.
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Some streets (e.g. Crocker Ave.) have more driveways on one side of the street than the other. The typical plow pattern here is first South to North, then North to South. Because the plow covers 2/3 of the road, the first pass pushes 2/3 of the snow to the right. This pattern covers more driveways with more snow and inconveniences more residents than the switching the sequence would. Stolen idea from my neighbor Lyle.
The City government should do less, tax less, and spend less.
My home value was reassessed upwards of $100,000. Plus I will have to incur the added expense of the road improvement project in front of my home which I could not pay outright ($7,000) so it will be added on to my property taxes as well ($619/yr). My property tax bill is estimated to rise from $3,894.798 to $5,191.36, PLUS the extra $619 for the road project, for a whopping total of $5,810.36 per year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live in the Lake Edina/Cornelia neighborhood, not in Indian Hills. I feel that an increase such as this will do nothing but drive residents to sell (many have baled out of this neighborhood already) and also will discourage potential buyers from purchasing in Edina. If people really don't mind paying that much in property taxes they would be smarter to go to Lake Minnetonka, Orono, etc., where they would actually have a gorgeous house to warrant the monstrous property taxes!!! I have written a letter to Edina City Council to express my anger and dismay. I asked who suddenly decided to reassess the values so much higher and why. It seems there is NO end to new construction and resultant tax income, not to mention the scores of businesses up and down France Avenue alone! Shouldn’t all that revenue be stabilizing/reducing property taxes? I requested a breakdown of how our taxes are being spent in Edina. Also, have they jacked up the business taxes as well, or maybe they're issuing them reductions while sticking it to the residents. Edina is the only city in the metropolitan area that I know of where the residents have to foot the entire bill for improvements such as road construction themselves. I have lived in Edina for 37 years. It USED to be a very well managed city where tax dollars were spent RESPONSIBLY! Now it seems there is no end to money grabbing and endless unneccesary/unwanted expenditures. I plan to go to the 12/2/14 meeting at Edina City Council Chambers at 7:00 a.m., 4801 West 50th Street, Edina. I'm hoping that a large number of disgruntled residents will show up to express their disapproval.
I noticed someone added a nice memorial on a bench on the south side of the park. It's something that brings a deeper human touch to the park and celebrates those who helped this city become what it is today.
With the demand of faster internet speeds ever increasing, it would be beneficial for Edina to facilitate the built-out of fiber-optic cables to residential properties by either allowing access to the overhead poles or underground conduit to an ISP - such as US Internet (http://fiber.usinternet.com) who has fiber deployed to residential properties on the south-east corner of 50th and France and other locations around southern Minneapolis.
Bring a Patisserie 46 style bakery/coffee shop to Wooddale and Valley View Edina - quality food for the neighborhood: http://patisserie46.com/ That strip mall is almost all empty and could use use a good quality restaurant/coffee shop in neighborhood. Patisserie 46 is always packed on the weekends and brings a lot to the Neighborhood. How would one work with the manager of that strip mall to make that happen?
Preserve a dog park on north east corner of Weber Park if land is sold by Minneapolis. Or even better keep it as is, a truly unique "lost urban woods", however being fenced and requiring a permit.
I live a mile from 62 and we hear planes all evening long every evening (to the point where you have to stop your conversation and wait until it passes). Last year it was not really noticeable but this year it's terrible. Can we work on spreading the planes out to be more fair?
The Concord / St. Johns Park neighborhood would really love to see St. Johns Park utilized a little better. Small neighborhood parks add so much and get people in the neighborhood together. Most talked about for St. Johns Park, however, is the wish for a simple ice rink in the winter. The park and rec park "amenities" grid actually shows that St. Johns Park DOES have an ice rink, but alas, it does not. :-( It would be so loved by our neighborhood!